Death of the Author 2: Rowling Boogaloo
Lindsay Ellis
I'm so tired.
Death of the Author:
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  • Lindsay Ellis
    Lindsay Ellis

    Pee is stored in the balls.

    • Jack Gardner
      Jack Gardner

      Why do people think it’s stored anywhere else?

    • Nate DS
      Nate DS


    • Aanthanur DC
      Aanthanur DC

      Sue your biology teacher.

    • Dkyguy1995

      I always knew this deep down

    • ThePottering


  • Hugh Mungus
    Hugh Mungus

    Everything she said is factually true and logically sound. Postmodernism sucks.

  • MVHiltunen

    Yes. The obvious comparison: Cthulhu, a pioneering horror piece, and Lovecraft, a raving racist. I think the crowd who like those pieces do a good job accepting their author was personally a dick, and that's that. The theme is less fandomy.

  • Kira Barnes
    Kira Barnes

    God that eyeshadow I love it

  • Taylor Bold
    Taylor Bold

    ... this was 6 months ago? 😳

  • Kyle Hallman
    Kyle Hallman

    I agree with you, but when have TERFs ever been "right wing." They're definitely transphobic, but I think it stems more from the fact that most of them are huge misandrists, which is certainly not a right wing talking point. It seems disingenuous to claim they are on either sides of the political spectrum...they're just assholes.

  • Scott Baldwin
    Scott Baldwin

    Let's be honest, this is a problem that will never be solved until people finally realize Twitter is not an academic setting.

  • sean Brodney
    sean Brodney

    Quick aside: I personally feel there were some subtle early warning signs of her beliefs in her Harry potter books too. The women's dorm staircase that excludes men struck me as a little uncomfortable at the time, for instance. A couple male characters (Lupin abandoning his wife?!?! For instance) made some seriously uncharacteristic decisions in the plot that felt a little too "men are inherently predators/abusive"-y. Or like, werewolves being an odd allegory for HIV but then werewolves actually ARE often evil and predators??!?! Like, what?!?!? No. I'm not saying they were big things: but the road to becoming a terf is usually packed with much smaller steps and frankly, these little inclusions made me pretty uncomfortable at the time I was reading them but I had a hard time verbalizing exactly why (most people I mentioned it to, brushed it off or tried to outright justify these inclusions to me using reasoning I now commonly see most from terfs).

    • SnazzyArcade

      You're acting like there's not a reason this "misandry" (which we may as well call "reverse racism") exists. 93% of predators in the real world are male-that's why those "misandrist" details were put in there: it simply is not as safe being a female as it is a male. For Lupin, the HIV allegory was about how people treated it. Nobody wanted their kid to go to Hogwarts with a werewolf, and nobody wanted to hire Lupin after he graduated because of his "condition." He ran away from Tonks during the pregnancy because he was absolutely terrified he was going to pass on his awful, isolating condition to his son and needed time to deal with those emotions alone for a while. Lupin was a great guy but he wasn't perfect, and it's important to show that.

  • Josh Shapiro
    Josh Shapiro

    Ideal solution: steal things from Harry Potter world and pirate all the books

  • Aanthanur DC
    Aanthanur DC

    You remind me of the lady in Misery. And your critiques are like her ax

  • ajay

    i just thank christ every day that one of my favorite authors, Lovecraft, died way before he could ever spew his bigotry on twitter.

    • BrookeTheBaron

      He'd be too paranoid to use Twitter

  • Alpha Royale
    Alpha Royale

    As long as the reprehensible views of said artist aren't inherently found in their work (or such work is based upon it) then I think you safely make the "separate the art from the artist" argument here, last I checked Harry Potter didn't go around saying "you'll never be a real man/women" so I think you're perfectly fine reading those books/enjoying them etc.

  • Pagyptsian

    I've chosen to keep my books, movies, merch that I already have but I don't want to buy or stream any new stuff or advertise her work within my small sphere of influence. It has been really disturbing how through her influence she's managed to sway law here in the UK... I think you articulated this really well, thank you!

  • Yola Randrianantoanina
    Yola Randrianantoanina

    I think it’s really relevant to say too that Rowling’s transphobia isn’t a separate thing from Harry Potter. Rita Skeeter is a transphobic stereotype-the books highlight her hyper femininity juxtaposed with her masculine physical features/the whole transforming into something else to gain access to spaces where she shouldn’t be thing. Not to mention all the other phobias and isms that seep into the work. She’s such a great writer but the whole writing style reaks of lawful evil

  • KidFlashRX

    *Deep sigh* the new game looks so good smh 😓

  • Elisa Rosales
    Elisa Rosales

    What is the name of her other channel???

  • Burritozi11a

    Huh. I never knew that Orson Scott Card was a homophobe. And now suddenly the dorm room scenes in Ender's Game make much more sense.

  • Brenda Tomines
    Brenda Tomines

    One thing that a do to go against her, it's not watch any of her new series, even fantastic beast that are part of harry potter's universe I refuse to watch. But I already have the books and the DVDs, and everything related, for me to burn or throw in the trash, wouldn't impact anything related to her, because I already spended my money, but out of my personal collection I won't buy anything knew.

  • Angélica Antunes
    Angélica Antunes

    I've always been a potterhead, and i got so incredible disappointed on jk rowling..cause the story is all about love and acceptance.. and this... ill continue loving harry potter to the core and re reading it, but certainly wont buy anymore stuff. and as an artist, my desire now is making a fan art of one of the characters being trans any sugestions? (maybe ill tag her) (feeling anarchist today lol)

  • burnteffigy87

    Late to this party but Damn, I was Gutted finding out about OSC. Im Nonbinary and Taino, My path in life was formulated from reading the Enders Series in 7th grade. I literally am working on becoming a "Speaker" in the aspect of being a Death Doula. Thank you for this film and expressing perfectly my turmoil. (Same goes for HP Lovecraft who I adored with as a kid. )

  • Soundism 1337
    Soundism 1337

    For people who talk about acceptance you sure don’t tolerate anyone who thinks differently. You’ve all become the thing you hate. Inventing pejorative terms to label and shame someone with a different view. Cutting off your genitalia doesn’t make you a different gender.... it makes you insane.

    • SnazzyArcade

      They act like there's no possible reason we would want male bodies in our female spaces.

  • Elizabeththegreatest

    Yeah, what she is doing IS scary!

  • Darkriku094

    Just go full pirate

  • Raul Epure
    Raul Epure

    Oooh! the league of virtous , time to skip the page

  • ClockFink

    I appreciate this and your talk on the topic in the Hobbit Duology on the topic... it gave eloquence to a lot of my thoughts too chaotic to express of late. Tbt, I always hated Harry Potter, so “Boycott it” was so easy for me I almost felt embarrassed saying it, because I’m literally giving up nothing (had the same issue with the fact I’ve always felt Chik-Fil-A’s food sucks). The other day though, I got a taste of what the Potterfans must be going through when I found out and indie game I really love that’s overtly same-sex positive and pro feminism was... apparently developed by a virulent TERF. I’ve already bought the game, the soundtrack, even a tinge of merch... there was really no scenario where I would have given the creator more support (like I know to take down my positive review and never reccomend it again, but otherwise...) and it’s not like I meaningfully take any clout from them by scrubbing their game from my hard drive or taking the OST off my playlist.... so I had friends who were like “So what’s the problem?” Well... I know now. That’s the problem. Can I morally justify someone continuing to enjoy what they already had? I guess. Am I capable of that? Frankly, no. Art is very personal, it’s trading in emotion and we get emotional about it, as you say. I feel betrayed knowing this thing that I used to view as positive and affirming was written by someone hateful. It’s not about “Is it ethically ok for me to enjoy this still?”, it’s “I’m not sure I’m capable of it anymore.” I have never really been able to commit to the death of the author, even if I attempt it as an intellectual exercise, emotionally I process it through a lens of my understanding of the authors intent... so a story about love just became a story about certain kinds of live written by someone judgemental and hateful. That positivity is gone now.

  • BigA

    Why was this is CallMeKevin’s Fallout 4 playlist?

  • TheAweDude1

    This makes me think of more collaborative works of fiction. Literature, and even some films, can have a single all-powerful author, but something like a video game will have many different authors. Character designers, writers, programmers, game designers, community relations, sound engineers, and so on all have an impact on the game as it's produced. How much of the "shit person" needs to influence the product itself before it becomes tainted? There is a new Harry Potter game coming about by Avalanch Studios, and the game looks interesting. However, does JK Rowling's influence apply to the game as well? This isn't going to be like a Hideo Kojima game, where one person's authorial intent runs through the whole work. Does buying or playing the game still promote JK Rowling's brand, or is the massive amount of other employees enough to squash it?

  • john love
    john love

    This video UNFORTUNATELY is just a waste of time. There is a thing as "too big to fall". For as long as jk is alive she will have a voice and a mass of followers. Lets look at facts. 1- She is a billionaire,( even if no one buys her stuff she will still be a billionaire(making her one of the strongest people on the planet, money can have that affect.) 2-she has 14 MILLION FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER TODAY and i don't see them declining at all, do you? 3-The harry potter subreddit has more than 960.000 followers. More than lotr, asoiaf, brandon sanderson subreddits COMBINED. 4-hell just the 14k people who disliked this video would be more than enough to give to any human a huge following. 5-Her new book "TROUBLED BLOOD" which was controversial before its release right now sits at 4.34/5 on goodreads(which is a phenomenal score) with more than 40.000 reviews. Lindsays book in comparison has a 3.89 with 9000 reviews and the most upvoted comments are the negative ones. so in conclusion jk is TOO BIG TO FALL and after all this talk i dont see her influence or following or money decline AT ALL. I could actually argue that all this talk does more good than bad to her, in the end of the day there is no bad publicity. People will buy her stuff just to see why everyones making such a big fuss about them, thats the way it works. EDIT: of course im against jk im just being a realist about it

    • Thrown Sword Pommel
      Thrown Sword Pommel

      You're absolutely right, sadly.

  • Draztiq Meshaz
    Draztiq Meshaz

    I'm surprised by this position and also not surprised. It would've been great to see this as thoroughly researched and quoted as your dmca vids. It is clear, given your intelligence, exactly which wells from which you drink, and which you take on faith to be poisoned.

  • Draztiq Meshaz
    Draztiq Meshaz

    T. errified of E. very R. estroom F. aker

  • Marimônia

    There's lot of fan work and books with similar premises as Harry Potter that don't benefit J.K, you don't need to forget and abandon the HP world just the official part of it...

  • Paul The Koala Baby
    Paul The Koala Baby

    I made wooden wands I was heavily into the lore and the worldbuilding of the wizarding world and this whole thing broke me, I just stepped back from the universe and the author completely. I have so many nerdy obsessions that I can now focus on...but it's still a hole in my heart. What do I do with my Gryffindor sword? Something proudly on my wall? Everything feels tarnished

  • Synister

    I was sent here by overly sarcastic productions and, great video. However J.K.Rowling's misuse of influence seems never-ending seeing as I'm over here five months from when this video was published, and I get SO very anxious about this situation so instead of exploring your channel rn, I'm going to go to my comfort music and listen to some cavetown then come back later lol

  • Adam Volný
    Adam Volný

    I don't care about J.K. for several years now. I didn't care about her when she was SJW, I didn't care about her when she was trying to stay relevant with her HP tweets (although they are funny) and I don't care about her now. I still like Harry Potter Universe books and movies though (except Crimes of Grindewald, I hate this one), so guess I did separate her from her art. Also TERFs hate when they're called TERFs, so don't stop calling them that.

  • JACopeland

    “Arguing against a position that nobody actually has” The irony is fulfilling

  • Pamela Souza
    Pamela Souza

    I just feel for all the Harry Potter inspired clubs, hotels, camps. I used to have "Teacher in Hogwarts" as my profession on Facebook in 2008.

  • SamWallace Art
    SamWallace Art

    My attitude is if you have a problem with someone, tell them to their face and then move on. The de-platform method is passive and doesn’t address the issue directly. Rowling isn’t some problem to be silenced or done away with, she’s a person; just talk to her like anyone else, and the correct mindset will become self-evident over time. Shutting her down or boycotting her only strengthens the narrative. Then again, this is coming from a guy who doesn’t buy Nestlé products because they exploit folk in Africa and pay lobbyists to convince health organizations that water isn’t a human right. So I do have a line, just personally JK is small fish compared to Nestlé. Also, I think transwomen and ciswomen should be considered separately, exactly because transwomen have it worse. I feel lumping trans women into the feminist umbrella does them a disservice. The feminist thought leaders creep me out, but I have no problem helping trans folk once I know their specific issues. I’m just not so quick to summarily dismiss JK; might learn something in the process of talking her through her shitty opinions. My general assumption is that everyone’s wrong all the time, and that even the biggest moron can accidentally teach you something about your own opinion. I don’t think straight boycott is the optimal use of this situation.

  • AnthSmithWells

    "Right now, I am using my relative extreme micro influence" Lindsay with 1.09M subscribers. Close to the being the best quote of 2020

    • Baguette Gott
      Baguette Gott

      Relative to JK Rowling. Everybody I've ever met knows who JK Rowling is. I've never met somebody, irl, who knew Lindsay Ellis.

  • Dee

    I'm getting every day more and more glad that I never got into Harry Potter (I started reading the first book but thought it was boring and didn't like the writing style when I was like 10 or something) I'm so happy I'm not in this conflict because I'm someone who absolutely can't separate the art from the artist

  • Bryan Huang
    Bryan Huang

    As someone who is already a fan, mainly through stuff like fanfiction, I feel like I can stay a fan of the books without further supporting her (which TBH has been made easier from the fact that her recent additions to canon aren't very good)

  • vili v
    vili v

    i know u dont read ur comments urself (for a reason) but thanks. this really made me able to let go of harry potter once and for all

  • youdbettertube

    Okay youtube, guess it's time for me to watch this one again 🤷‍♂️

  • big boss bob ross
    big boss bob ross

    Your first boss fight with death of the author: JK Rowling The final boss of Death of the Author: Ezra Pound

  • Niel Wong
    Niel Wong

    She’s dead to me.

  • Nixxle

    For the past few years I thought death of an author meant "this author is dead to me." So. I have learned something.

  • Nixxle

    For the past few years I thought death of an author meant "this author is dead to me." So. I have learned something.

  • AK Scraggy
    AK Scraggy

    Moral of the story: Pirate Harry Potter books and movies because fuck her and whoever works with her.

  • stg Siel
    stg Siel

    Here is how I interact with her properties, I had read the books online, illegally and free, while she never saw a money from me for her stuff. Fuck the terfs

  • TheButterflyChaos

    The thing is also, I am not sure it matters that much that some people stop buying her stuff now, since she has already gotten so much money and power. For her it's probably not that much of a problem, and you can't unspend money you spent a decade ago. One can argue yoy could still Enjoy the things you have already bought, but not buy more. Though, your mind will probably read things differently, and yes, that will probably hurt.

  • Final Form
    Final Form

    I never understood twitter or facebook per se. It's interesting to converse with total strangers sure, but really though, why? When you have actual friends in life. My peers whom uses these things, when I'm with them, I feel so alienated. They're always talking about whatever is on there, not enjoying the lunch we're having. Needless to say, I have very few friends. Thank goodness for that.

  • Kanaro Kan
    Kanaro Kan

    Boycott her ? hahahaha she's a billionaire she is set for life she won't need any money

    • ramywiles

      It's not about driving her into poverty or anything. It's about decreasing the visible support for her voice, and decreasing her influence as a result.

    • Movieblocks

      Yeah but that doesn’t mean that we should just give her money.

  • Marci Turáni
    Marci Turáni

    I enjoy the books, but I don't give a fuck about the author to be honest

  • Queen Apryll M
    Queen Apryll M

    Oscar Scott Card still bigot I'm glad didn't buy his book I get why disappointing. JK. Rowling(she's wealthy and influential) annoying me before her pissing off the trans community its hard alot of lgbt+ love and read Harry Potter heck it was part my childhood too. I don't idolise but it's strange to say the least

  • Joe Hall
    Joe Hall

    Great video! I would disagree with the comment about TERF attitudes being more acceptable over here though. I mean it depends where you come from, but many people who are massive HP fans have turned against her due to her comments. In fact, lots of celebrities who have backed those views such as Graham Linehan etc. are all being publicly called out for it. They are actively losing their platform on TV because of it

  • blood dragon
    blood dragon

    I'm okay with still reading the books simply because I've always distanced myself from anything she said or did, even if it was in relation to the series. I couldn't care less what she thought. Saying that Dumbledore is gay doesn't make him gay to me, he has been gay to me since Deathly Hallows because that's how I imagined his relationship to Grindelwald. Who cares if she agrees with me on that one. To me, it's the same thing as when Ridley Scott says in an interview about Harrison Ford's character in Blade Runner : "He's a Replicant". No, he isn't. He's a Replicant to you. Your opinion is as valid as any spectator's. If you didn't say so in the text, it's an opinion, not a fact. So I'll stay distant with the author. And I won't let her transphobia erase what the series did for me over the years. I won't give her any money now, but I refuse to give her the power to take away from me the joy that reading Harry Potter for the 43rd time brings me. Or the fact that it taught me how to read English. Or helped me through depression. No matter how much she tries to tarnish her own creation, yeah, to me it doesn't belong to her anymore. But I definitly won't buy any merch again. Good thing I've never liked the movies anyway.

  • Ballisticzombie7

    I absolutely love the trans hogwarts headcannons supporting it and stuff because rowling would die if she read it

  • Phrophetsam

    Harry Potter is honestly pretty problematic.

    • Baguette Gott
      Baguette Gott

      @Bauhaus 1 I mean, there are some parts that I honestly don't feel great about now that I'm older. The endless, merciless ridiculing of every overweight character (especially Dudley and Vernon), in this language of deep disgust. Calling the only Asian character Cho Chang. Things like that And I honestly was never satisfied with the S.P.E.W. plotline beginning and ending with "they LIKE being slaves, and Hermione is being kinda ridiculous by wanting to do something about it".

    • Bauhaus 1
      Bauhaus 1

      @Yannick DRMDA God you sound snowflake right now.

    • Yannick DRMDA
      Yannick DRMDA

      @Bauhaus 1 everything is problematic to snowflakes

    • Bauhaus 1
      Bauhaus 1

      How so?

  • Dr. Jmart
    Dr. Jmart

    You can still consume and enjoy her work, just pirate it. She lost her privilege to my money when she started TERFing

  • Ashley Johansson
    Ashley Johansson

    Terfs: "bUt wAt aBoUt tHe sWedIsH tRanSgenDDr sTudy! It TotaLly dEbuNkeD trAnsgENders!!" Irony: The swedish study actually supports transgenders

  • ekthallion

    The point about Speaker for the Dead is so true. I remember hearing Orson Scott Card in a radio interview or something and he was going off on gay people and it just broke my brain how that person could have also written Speaker for the Dead. I feel like that was the book that taught me the importance of tolerance and just how wrong you can be about others you don't understand. He seems to "get it" so well but somehow doesn't see it in his own homophobia.

  • Noah Sundy
    Noah Sundy

    Anyone else find this video by going into CallMeKevin's fallout 4 playlist?


    Fantastic beasts and how they harass teenagers XD

  • Alex

    Thank you so much for making this video even though it could put you in harms way, as a member of the trans community it means so much whenever I hear an ally say 'trans rights' (especially donkey kong) and this really helped me sort out my emotions concerning JK. Her current actions have made me incredibly upset, and its people like you that make everything a lot better.

  • E M
    E M

    Learning Orson Scott Card was a homophobe actually made a ton of sense for me, because we read Ender's Game in my seventh-grade English class at an Evangelical middle school, and I was always mystified by how something so cool managed to end up on the curriculum

    • FumbleSquid

      It was one of my all time favorites in middle school (wasn't on any reading list, I just happened to read it). The gutpunch I felt from the twist at the end of Ender's Game did happen to mirror the gutpunch of finding out he was a peace of human garbage in a depressingly ironic sort of way. Rowling's coming out as a bigot mostly just gives me anxiety because she's elevating really harmful ideas at a pivotal turning point.

  • Wired Lain
    Wired Lain

    Step1 Destroy part of my brain that contains Rowling. Step2 ??? Step3 No more bad Author influence while reading Harry Potter. ... now I only need to want to read her books in the first place... you just wait deliberate brain-injury

  • AmAscension

    I agree with your sentiments but let's face it we shouldn't take advice from people who say they fight for social justice and consume products that cause the greatest amount of injustice on planet earth. Go vegan.

    • Thrown Sword Pommel
      Thrown Sword Pommel

      When OP talked about injustice I assumed they were going to say something like "there's no ethical consumption under capitalism". But ok. Veganism it is.

    • Baguette Gott
      Baguette Gott

      I think this is my first time actually meeting a vegan that's actively and randomly trying to convert people in conversations that have nothing to do with it. With how much people are complaining about it, you'd assume it would happen more often. Anyway, the people were right in one regard I guess: It's very ineffective.

    • Ginger Luigi With No Moustache
      Ginger Luigi With No Moustache

      That’s ad hominem. Veganism and Trans rights do not have correlation. Although JK Rowling is absolutely wrong about trans rights, her not being vegan has nothing to do with it. Just because someone makes poor chooses in one aspect of life doesn’t mean we should ignore valid points they make. Should we negate all smokers views on home decoration because tar is bad? No

  • Thomas Ley
    Thomas Ley

    I read the books to my children. They love them. (I like them.) So I have to compartmentalize like crazy. But it is very, very, VERY disappointing.

  • James Seidler
    James Seidler

    Ring light

  • alexaaragon21

    For some reason this is getting pushed into my recommendations again and I hope it's not because JK said something stupid (again)

  • Timo

    If you know most of your fans are young and mostly leftist, sometimes you have to just stay quiet.

    • 57 Year Old James Bond
      57 Year Old James Bond

      @Timo Liberal doesn’t equate to leftist.

    • Timo

      @Sebastián Petruška Nah man just stating that if you have a liberal fan base, it doesn't make sense business wise to isolate said fan base. Though you shouldn't make an assumption on how a black person views race since I live in it and deal with it every day.

    • Sebastián Petruška
      Sebastián Petruška

      Are you the black conservative every rightoid refers to when called racist?

    • Ginger Luigi With No Moustache
      Ginger Luigi With No Moustache

      Johann never learned theta lesson ig

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